5. Bryan Bulaga
Like Kelemete, Bryan Bulaga did not play in this game because he has not been seen since the first half of Week 1 against the Washington Football Team. That was the only football that Bulaga played all season as he was taken out at half with a back issue. That issue turned into surgery, which turned into Storm Norton becoming the starting right tackle.
Bulaga never could really catch a break with the Chargers and it is sad to see. Bulaga was a huge pickup to play right tackle before the 2020 season and the former Green Bay Packer just could not stay healthy. It was a good signing at the time that simply did not pan out.
However, it did lead to some positives. Bulaga coming to LA definitely had a hand in the team signing center Corey Linsley, who is the best center the team has had since Nick Hardwick.
Bulaga is under contract for one more year but after two injury-filled seasons, there is essentially a zero percent chance that the Chargers keep him on board for the 2022 season. Bulaga would carry a $14 million cap hit if the team kept him on the roster and it does not take a scientist to explain why the Bolts are not going to let that happen.
Instead, the Chargers can release Bulaga and only take on a dead cap hit of $3.33 million, freeing up just under $10.7 million in cap space in the process. That is around how much a draft class costs in cap space, so releasing Bulaga essentially pays for the new wave of rookies.